The Butchart Chronicles : January 29, 2015

Flower and Garden Report January 29, 2015

The highlight for this week continues to be our very colourful and fragrant Spring Prelude display. This cleverly crafted display includes our favorite outdoor plants that have been brought indoors and forced into bloom well ahead of what nature intended. This year you will also experience a bit more of an exotic flair as we have added many more orchids throughout the display. As always, our talented staff have added many unique landscape features for you to enjoy throughout this indoor garden area and we sincerely hope that you have the opportunity to come and see it for yourself.

Outdoors the garden slowly begins to push through winter and we are surprised and delighted with the new flowers we come across on a daily basis. The peaceful and uncluttered winter landscape provides you with the opportunity to truly appreciate the many unique features that may go unnoticed during the rest of the year.  

- Rick Los, director of horticulture

Stairway in the Japanese Garden
Special Interest/Berries/Flowers/Fruit/Bark in the Garden

  • Abeliophylum  (White Forsythia)
  • Acer capillipes (Snake bark maple - bark)
  • Acer palmatum (Japanese maples – unique form)
  • Acer griseum (Paper bark maple – bark)
  • Arbutus unedo (flowers)
  • Betula (birch - bark)
  • Cornus (shrub dogwoods, brilliant bark colours)
  • Cornus kousa (Kousa dogwood – bark) 
  • Corylus avellana ‘contorta’ (Henry Lauder’s walking stick – unique form)
  • Cotoneaster (berries)
  • Crocus    just starting
  • Eranthis (Winter Aconite)     new
  • Erica
  • Euonymous europaeus (berries)
  • Galanthus (flowers)
  • Garrya (catkins)
  • Hamamelis
  • Helleborus (flowers) 
  • Iris unguicularis
  • Jasminium (winter Jasmine – flowers)
  • Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ (flowers)
  • Nandina (berries)
  • Pansy
  • Platanus (London plane – bark)
  • Pyracantha  (berries)
  • Sarcococca (wonderfully fragrant!)
  • Sequoia sempervirens ‘pendula’ (Weeping Sequoia – unique form)
  • Skimmia     new
  • Stewartia psuedocamellia (bark)   
  • Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ (Camperdown Elm – unique form)

Sarcococca is wonderfully fragrant